Defend Our Voter ID law, Fight the Master Lever, Chafee's Taxpayer-Funded Travel
April 28, 2014
2 bills require attention on Tuesday in House Judiciary (Room 101 @ 4:30pm). The 1st is H7767, which seeks to repeal Rhode Island's Voter ID law. Why anyone who respects integrity and accuracy in the electoral process would oppose requiring identification for one of the most fundamental actions a free society can take escapes us, but since the effort to eliminate this logical, appropriate, and essential common sense protection of the vote is alive and well, we urge people to make their voices heard in opposing this irresponsible legislation.
The second issue that should concern freedom-loving citizens is the so-called Master Lever. 2 bills seek to repeal this outdated relic of nearly 6 decades that does more to both disenfranchise voters, as well as encourage lazy and ill-informed voting than virtually anything else. Both H7512 and 8072 should be strongly supported by everyone who feels the right to vote carries the commensurate responsibility of knowing WHO one is voting for!
The Go-Local Prov article about Governor Chafee's taxpayer-funded travel expenses suggests a disturbing lack of concern on the administration's part for how those taxpayer dollars should be spent. While $10,000+ may not be a huge amount in the greater scheme of things, the some of the listed items raise obvious questions. $2,000 on a helicopter tour of hydro-power facilities in Quebec, attendance at a New York conference on DOMA, and a 2 hour train tour of railway bridges on the Blackstone River that was closed to the press and the public are hard to justify, since for various reasons, information could have been had more cost-effectively. Given the extremely difficult economic straights that Rhode Island taxpayers are currently saddled with, you'd think the state's chief executive could find better ways to utilize their hard-earned dollars.